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c. 306–373. Prominent Syriac writer and theologian. His hymns, poems, prose, and sermons written in verse are heralded by Christians of all denominations across the globe*Nisibene Hymns
c. 305–384. Pope who actively defended the Church against heresies in various councils and synods. He also inaugurated the use of Latin at Mass instead of the original GreekDecree of [Name]
c. 300–c. 368. Bishop of Poitiers and contemporary of St. Martin of Tours. Referred to as 'the Hammer of the Arians' for his attacks on the Arius' heresy*De Trinitate
c. 150–c. 215. Educated Greek convert to Christianity who became one of the church in Alexandria's leading figures. His theology incorporated elements of Hellenistic philosophyGreat Trilogy
c. 160–c. 225. Controversial writer and theologian from Carthage. Many of his writings are still influential today, but some directly contradict Church teachingApologeticus
c. 329–390. Archbishop of Constantinople and one of the Cappadocian Fathers. Important Trinitarian theologian and classically trained rhetorician, orator and philosopher*Orations
c. 329–379. Bishop in Asia Minor and one of the Cappadocian Fathers. Known for his support of the Nicene Creed and care for the poor and underprivileged*De Spiritu Sancto
c. 349–407. 'Golden-mouthed' Archbishop of Constantinople. Widely known for his eloquent homilies, he also authored the Divine Liturgy still used by Byzantine-rite Churches todayPaschal Homily
80–167. Bishop of Smyrna and one of the Apostolic Fathers. Reportedly a disciple of St. John the Apostle, he died a martyr's death at the hands of the RomansTo the Philippians
c. 540–604. First pope from a monastic background. Widely reformed Roman liturgy, Church practices and pioneered a certain 'chant'*Pastoral Care
c. 340–397. Archbishop of Milan and staunch opponent of the Arian heresy. Notable for his extensive influence on St. Augustine*De fide
100–165. Important interpreter of the Logos concept found in the Gospel of John. Martyred by beheading along with his some of his studentsFirst Apology
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c.  347–420. Illyrian historian and theologian. Best known for translating the Bible into Latin, the Vulgate, which became the standard throughout Europe for centuries*Vulgate Bible
c. 376–444. Patriarch of Alexandria and one of the most forceful and prominent enemies of the Nestorian heresy. Leading figure at the First Council of Ephesus*Epistles to Nestorius
c. 185–c. 254. Egyptian theologian of the Early Church. His works are still important today, but remain controversial due to their unorthodox stances on various teachingsHexapla
c. 130–202. Bishop of Lugdunum in modern-day France. Best known for his attacks on the Gnostic heresy and theological emphasis on the episcopate, Scripture and traditionAgainst Heresies
c. 400–461. First pope to be designated 'the Great.' Best known for meeting Attila the Hun, convincing him to turn back and preventing an invasion of Italy*Tome of [Name]
c. 35–c. 107. Bishop of Antioch and Apostolic Father. Wrote many important texts on Early Church theology, and was famously fed to wild beasts as a martyr in the ColosseumLetter to the Smyrnaeans
c. 210–c. 258. Bishop of Carthage and important writer of the Early Church. He is known for his fights against the heresy of Novatianism, pastoral work and martyrdomDe Ecclesiae Catholicae Unitate
c. 296–373. Patriarch of Alexandria. Defended the Trinity against the heretic Arius and struggled with the Roman emperors (which got him exiled five separate times)*Life of Antony
d. 99. Pope and the first Apostolic Father. Author of two famous epistles to the church in CorinthFirst Epistle
354–430. Bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa. Widely regarded as the Church's greatest theologian and philosopher, he converted to Christianity after a life of debauchery*City of God
c. 675–749. Syrian monk, theologian and polymath. His hymns are still used today by Eastern Christians, and is known in the West for his writings on the Assumption of Mary*Fountain of Knowledge
c. 560–636. Archbishop of Seville who aided in converting the Arian Visigoths to Catholicism. He was also a scholar who preserved ancient knowledge after the fall of the Rome*Etymologiae

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